KERALA

Government to look into pollution aspects

Carrying capacity study for GKR

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Government will consider recommendations on pollution control included in the carrying capacity study for Greater Kochi Region (GKR), while implementing the master plan for development of the city.

Experts from research institutions, which conducted the study, will discuss the recommendations with Government representatives and officials of the district administration.

Sources said that steps to check pollution would be discussed along with the views presented by experts for improving the drainage system in Kochi. The Government will soon convene a meeting of experts who had participated in the study. The agencies involved in the study have agreed to update their findings.

Recommendations

It is learnt that the study conducted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had recommended a green belt development programme for air environment management in the GKR.

The green belt programme has been envisaged as a two-way process. This includes pollution control near the source as to attenuate the concentration of pollutants and regulation near the receptor for mitigating pollution exposure of sensitive receptors. Reduction in industrial and vehicular emissions, organised and controlled refuse burning wherever applicable and planting of trees are some of the major recommendations made by the investigating agencies that carried out the study.

The study has recommended introduction of installation of additional efficient control devices to reduce emission from various processes in industrial units. The study has suggested evolving a land-use plan evaluation, cleaner technology and fuel gas treatment for reducing air pollution by vehicles.

Strict adherence to vehicular emission standards, use of good quality fuel and proper traffic management are some of the other technological and management suggestions forwarded by the investigating agencies involved in the study. The study has recommended plantation of trees along heavy traffic avenues and along major industrial estates in the region.

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